New Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Foster Youth Across Riverside County 

Riverside County, CA (April 12, 2022) – Family Service Association (FSA) recently announced a new scholarship opportunity for graduating high-school seniors who have been involved in the foster care system. More than 20 scholarships will be made through the new initiative, which aims to assist foster youth to further their post-secondary education and achieve their career goals.   

The Fostering HOPE scholarship was made possible through funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. “We are grateful for loyal and generous partners like San Manuel who are committed to improving access for students that may have some barriers in education,” said Shannon Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer of Family Service Association.  

In Riverside County alone, there are approximately 4,000 children who have been removed from their families and placed into the foster care system. As individuals exit the foster care system and transition into adulthood, they experience a range of challenges that impact their ability to remain in school and fulfill their educational pursuits. The goal of this program is to assist foster youth and equip them with the necessary resources and financial security to support their new journey ahead. 

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Vice-Chairman Johnny Hernandez, who is also Chairman for the Tribe’s Education Board, says there is a deep commitment to education that is embedded in the Tribe’s beliefs. 

“We are honored to support Family Services Association’s Fostering Hope initiative and their efforts to make college a more achievable goal for foster youth in our community,” expressed Vice-Chairman Johnny Hernandez. “The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians truly believes that education is the key to a better future and FSA is doing just that with their Fostering Hope program.” 

Family Service Association operates the Child Abuse Prevention Council (CAPC) for Riverside County known as the H.O.P.E Collaborative. The HOPE Collaborative envisions a safe and secure environment for all children in Riverside County and will administer the application process and distribution of scholarships for graduating foster youth.  

The Fostering HOPE scholarship opportunity will provide at least 20 scholarships, valued at $500 – $1,000 to graduating high-school seniors who are enrolling into a two-year college, four-year university, or a trade/vocational school. “We encourage all graduating high-school seniors who are eligible to apply for this unique scholarship opportunity,” said Selene Orozco, Lead Program Specialist at Family Service Association. “The application process was designed with simplicity in mind so students are not deterred from participating.” 

The deadline to apply is by April 24, 2022. More information, including eligibility requirements and the application, can be found here.https://www.hopecollaborative.org/fostering-hope  

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